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The Great Wall of China is 2,500 kilometers longer


The Great Wall of China has an extension of 8,851 kilometers instead of the 6,300 kilometers that were attributed to it until now. And it is not that it has grown miraculously. While the previous calculations were based on estimates and reports, infrared technology and GPS (Global Positioning System) have been used for the new measurements.

The foundations of this jewel of Chinese architectural heritage, declared a world heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) two decades ago, were laid by Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259-210) . The main sections incorporated into the new map of the wall, which increase in total size, correspond to those built during the Ming Dynasty (1,368-1,644).

With the new study, Chinese archaeologists and conservatives intend to avoid the destruction that the Great Wall is suffering in some areas, especially as it passes through the desert province of Gansu , where sandstorms could make it disappear completely within a period of time. 20 years. In addition, according to Shan Jixiang, director of the investigation, the most threatening elements for the monument as a whole are ” climate change and the massive construction of infrastructure “, so it is important to determine which are the most fragile areas to implement measures protection .

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